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Going to go check out this open house next week. Any thoughts, other than board rules and financing, why this place hasn't sold?
I would guess that the typical fifth avenue buyer wants something larger and higher - but that's only a guess.
looks like a studio with 1 1/2 bath that needs a good gut. since all of the windows are covered, my guess that there are wonderful brick wall views.
yeah def. not a 1 bedroom. like the dining area though. it looks like there mighr be a little sliver of outdoor space too.
After you see the place tell us were the current occupant sleeps.
I would buy this place, not to live in, just so I had a private bathroom close to the park.
Now that's rich.
I will ;-)
studio with 1 1/2 bath is simply retarded
indeed, it is unusual. it would make a great space for an art studio. but its difficult to figure out where you'd put the bed.
Pick up a copy of "Living Large in Small Spaces," p. 160, apartment of Jeffrey Shertz. It was a servant's quarters apartment with all windows on a lightwell. The owner spent a fortune gutting it. The huge luxurious bathroom is where he slept: right next to the toilet. Strangest thing I have ever seen in a studio apartment. And from all the expensive objects in the place, it was obvious he had a ton of money. Claimed he loved living in small spaces because of their snugness. A few pieces of the furniture have been changed out, but a lot of the original art is there. I have a feeling he died, there was one more owner, and now it's on the market. Great address, strangest apartment in New York City.
It's truly a beautiful space & would be ideal for entertaining but I, too, wondered if anyone actually slept there. He slept next to the toilet? OY!
So it turns out you do need the half-bath, since the bathroom is actually the bedroom/dressing room. No problem having a bathtub there, and the toilet can be disguised and used as a place to sit. Guests need not see the room, so no explanations needed. Unusual, but not impractical. Like.
Roomwithaview: Bravo (or Brava). I never thought about it that way. I would highly recommend the book I referenced for anyone interested in seeing truly beautiful, innovative ideas for small space living. Also, in the book there are 2 photos of the bathroom. It's gorgeous. Many luxury hotels now have soaking tubs right in the bedroom. So, with a beautiful throw and a vase with some twigs, the toilet becomes a lovely little table. So he has to walk to the powder room -- that just adds to the feeling that the apartment is bigger than it is. The book states that the owner was "... singularly impartial to views and natural light," so for a like-minded individual, for $795K and a surprisingly low maintenance, you could live in a gorgeous Fifth Avenue building across the street from the Met Museum with Central Park as your backyard. Wow, I think I'll go to the open house. Thanks everyone................. I love views, but I could see myself in that space.
i am surprised the coop allows a person to own a staff quarters apt standalone.
it's like a tokyo studio in a choice bldg/location.
Thanks Riccardo. Now I'm definitely going!
wonder if the artwork comes with the apartment? :-)
sleep next to the toilet? Sounds like a plumber's nightmare
By the way, the complete article describing the apartment both before and after the current renovation is only about 3 pages long, but is very interesting. If anyone would like me to type out certain sections so you won't have to invest in the entire book (it's rather costly), let me know and I'll be happy to do so.
OK Anonymous: Here is the first paragraph, which actually explains a lot about the former and the present layout.
"Businessman Jeffrey Shertz has the means to live wherever he likes. Where he likes to live is in small spaces. He likes their snugness. When he first saw his present home, it was dismal and pokey, a former servant's quarters in a posh Manhattan apartment house. But Shertz perceived possibility. Living comfortably elsewhere at the time, he took on the project as a kind of hobby and, working with an architect, spent six years carefully remodeling the apartment's 500 square feet of space. In the process, he changed just about everything from trhe electrical features to the walls. Believing he could arrange the layout more intelligently,he ripped out the bedroom and closet and replaced them with a small kitchen. He knocked down one of the exterior walls and put in a greenhouse. He installed a powder room where the old bathroom has been, and then built a large, luxurious master bath in the old kitchen area.
Through such alterations and additions Shertz was able to create distinct living, sitting, and dining areas, along with a foyer. He conceived these areas so they would open onto each other, giving the apartment a sesne of easy flow for gracious entertaining, which is important to Shertz, as he likes to entertain at home. He's had as many as thirty people to his little home for drinks, though he prefers to throw catered dinner parties for six. The greenhouse serves as the dining room, although you would never recognize its botanic origins given that its glass surfaces have been lavishly draped and hung with painti ngs. All the apartment's other windows are covered with blinds, too. Shertz is singularly impartial to views and natural light, which is an advantage here, as all the windows look out onto a drab interior court."
Wow, now that I've reread this I have many new ideas. Wish I knew who you are, because I'll be there. Can't believe how cheap it is to live in a swank, Fifth Avenue pad.....................
I find the floorplan rather difficult to read but with a cot in the area next to the toilet in the full bath, is there a closet for clothes storage? That area would be ideal for a closet (it is called a bath/dressing room, I seem to recall) but then you're back to sleeping standing up (or under the dining table). Oy, again.
Did anyone else catch the open house? Would love your thoughts!....
I def. thought it was unique but a little cramped. Just too much furniture. The space is also smaller than the pictures would have you believe (I'd venture to say 400-ish). And yes, the bed is certainly in the closet/bathroom area. It'sa tight fit but if you insist on not seeing the bed in the living space, then it works. There is a small outdoor space but you're only looking at a brick wall. Good thing though is that you do get a nice little pocket of light in there.
Price is steep and I think it has to come down in order to sell.
Other than that - incredible building and location; one of the best on 5th!
My penis so hard.... Other than that re is flaccid.
Me Borker. You Jane. Bend over.
Meh pay? No you pay me 6%
In an otherwise flaccid stock mkt, Bernie once again used the Swedish pump to give the mkt the illusion of a hard on. But as always once the hard on was actually called upon to insert itself, it sorta got all squishy and couldn't find the hole
See the other thread here.